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Science Department Courses
Anatomy and Physiology
This course covers the major anatomical systems of the human body, with an emphasis on real-life relevancy, such as injury/disease prevention and treatment scenarios. Memorization is stressed to aid fluency in anatomy terms. Lab notebooks are used to organize all lab work. Lab reports include data collection as well as an in-depth analysis of experimental results. This course fulfills the science elective requirement.
Bio-Engineering and World Health
This course provides an overview of contemporary technological advances to improve human health. We will consider four questions throughout the year: What are the problems in healthcare today? Who pays to solve problems in healthcare? How can we use science and technology to solve healthcare problems? Once developed, how do new healthcare technologies move from the lab to the bedside? We will compare and contrast answers to these questions throughout the developed and developing worlds. We will also consider legal and ethical issues associated with developing new medical technologies. During the year, we will use case studies to examine a number of diseases and healthcare technologies. Students will complete a semester project to design a new technology to meet a global health need. This course is intended for students who have already completed biology, chemistry, and physics.
Academic Biology I
This is a general survey course that presents the facts of biology within a pattern of unifying themes that helps students understand the larger significance of the details that they are learning. Examples of themes studied are natural selection, reproduction and inheritance, development, structure and function, energy relationships, ecology, and science and society. Emphasis is also placed on developing critical thinking, laboratory and writing skills. At the completion of two semesters of Biology I, students take a statewide end-of-course exam.
Pre AP Biology I
Pre AP Biology I is a pre-Advanced Placement level course designed for very capable science students who may wish to take AP Biology II. This course generally covers the same themes as the Biology I course, but it has correlation to contemporary molecular biology. Students are required to analyze and synthesize concepts and draw inferences from new information. Laboratory work is designed to emphasize investigation rather than illustration and greater emphasis is placed on independent thinking. At the completion of two semesters of Pre AP Biology I, students take a statewide end-of-course exam.
AP Biology II
This is a college-preparatory course designed for students who have taken Pre AP Biology I. Previous concepts studied in Pre AP Biology I and new concepts will be covered in greater detail. Greater emphasis will be placed on laboratory investigations. Students will be performing laboratory investigations included in the AP Biology curriculum as well as designing their own experiments.
Academic Chemistry I
Explore atoms, molecules and compounds…and learn the difference between all those terms! Practice working in the lab, gathering data, and coming to conclusions. This course is an introduction to the vast world of chemistry. Algebra skills are a must!
Pre AP Chemistry
Inquire into the world to understand how atoms for molecules and compounds that create everything we see…and can’t see. This is a fast-paced course that requires regular homework and study time. This course will prepare students for college General Chemistry. Good algebra skills are a must!
This is a college-preparatory course designed for students who have taken Pre AP Chemistry. Previous concepts studied in Pre AP Chemistry and new concepts will be covered in greater detail. Students will be performing laboratory investigations emphasized in preparation for the AP Chemistry Exam along with critical thinking skills.
Academic Physics is a first year comprehensive physics course covering all topics including but not limited to the following: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Light and Optics, Electrostatics, and Electricity and Magnetism. It is intended for the the student who would like to learn physics more conceptually without an emphasis on the more complex math concepts. Labs and critical thinking are the foundation of this course.
Pre AP Physics
Pre AP Physics is a first year comprehensive physics course covering all topics present in Academic Physics with a greater emphasis on mathematical problem solving. It is also aligned with the SAT II subject test for students wishing to take a test at the end of the year. The course is intended for the student who has a strong background in math while also being given more autonomy during labs to figure out the solution with less instruction. Labs and complex problem solving are the foundation of this course.
AP Physics C: Mechanics / Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C is made up of two semester long physics courses combined into one year. The fall semester covers mechanics while the spring covers electricity and magnetism. While most concepts will have been covered in a prior physics courses, the depth and complexity of problem solving increases dramatically. Due to the mathematical demands of this course, students are required to have taken or be co-enrolled in calculus. Similarly, students must have completed a prior physics course in physics. AP Physics C may be tough, but work is excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing STEM fields in college. At the end of this course, students are expected to take both AP Exams.